In this second big-screen go-round inspired by the Philip K. Dick short story 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,' Colin Farrell plays Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who begins to think he's a spy but doesn't know for which rival superpower he's working, Euromerica or New Shanghai. Bryan Cranston plays the leader of Euromerica who is plotting to invade New Shanghai; Kate Beckinsale will play Quaid's wife; Jessica Biel will star as Quaid's new love interest; and Nighy will take on the role of Quatto, the leader of the resistance.
In the 1990 Paul Verhoeven outing, Arnold Schwarzenegger played Quaid as a man who goes for a virtual-vacation memory implant and ends up on Mars, not knowing whether he's a spy or a hero to an underground group trying to overthrow the Agency that runs the planet. Sharon Stone played his wife and Rachel Ticotin played his Martian girlfriend-to-be.
The plot of both films revolves around the possibility that Quaid is not really who he thinks he is, and that his actions may be real or virtual. This exploration of identity is a recurring theme in Dick's short stories and novels.
'Total Recall' begins shooting in June in Toronto.